New book, new city, new video, new post!
This time I was listening to an audiobook by Daymond John, The Power of broke. I liked the book, and I had no problem finding 5 takeaways, and I am looking forward to integrating them into my business. If you are a fan of Shark Tank like me, Daymond John doesn’t need an intro. If you are not, then suffice it to say Daymond John is the founder of Fubu a billion dollar clothing company, investor to dozens of startups and an advisor to US president Obama.
As for the recording of this video, I was able to make some progress by buying a cable extension for my microphone, so finally the microphone is under the shirt, not flying around (finally!)! Since my first video I couldn’t have imagined standing on a square with so many people and recording a video, but I am getting more and more comfortable in front of the camera (while people are walking by). This helps with the recording, takes less time and I am able to say what I actually intend to say. Also I am seeing progress with not reading so much of the screen. Earlier I was using my iPad as a clutch for reading, now my old iPhone does the trick.
I also changed the YouTube thumbnail just a little bit. For this video (and perhaps future videos as well) I’ve decided to start with the title and put my company’s logo at the bottom with a “sponsored by” tagline instead of just a dash. Here’s the video!
Back in 2012 I though it would be a good idea to invest in old and short domain names. I bought 3 of them (four letter .com domains) for about $2000. It was a lot of money for me at the time, but I thought it was a wise investment. To my great disappointment, this isn’t one of those stories where the post ends with thousands of dollars in profit. I am just starting! But if you stick long enough, who knows! As for the 3 domains I bought in 2012 I was able to liquidate really quickly in early 2014 when I needed the cash! Although I didn’t make a ton of money, I also didn’t lose money! Which is great if you want to liquidate assets quickly.
Fast forward to today I started building a real domain portfolio. Few things fall into place. We were able to finish the development of several tools at WhoAPI (like WhoAPI domain checker), domain manager and domain monitoring! Second thing that happened was that I fell in love (happens to the best of us) with an amazing illustrator, so I am able to combine spectacular logos as a bundle with a domain name. Thirdly, Michael Cyger launched DNAcademy (affiliate link) where I learned a lot in a very short period of time about domain investing. And last but not least, I have more spending money then prior years, so I decided to invest instead of spending it on toys.
One domain name I mentioned already in one of my recent posts (sslgrid.com) I found with WhoAPI domain checker, but there are some I was able to purchase at various auction sites, and for some I negotiate a discount from other domain investors. Soon I plan to release a website where my entire portfolio will be available, after which I can go into details on every domain.
I just posted a new video on my YouTube channel. I finished listening to an audiobook called Be Obsessed Or Be Average by Grant Cardone. Although a good book, I liked his The 10X Rule more.
What I’ve improved in this video is the nagging microphone cable. It’s pretty short, so when I put the camera (aka my iPhone) on the stick, I run out of cable, so I couldn’t tuck inside of my shirt. Well, no more. I was able to find and purchase an extension cord (it was just a few US dollars), so now the wire won’t dance around while I am making the video.
In this video I was able to keep the reading to a minimum (if any), but there’s still a lot of progress to be made. I also liked the fact that this was recorded in one take. Meaning, walked to the peer, setup the camera and microphone, “shot the scene” and I was done.
I already finished listening some audiobooks, so I have to pick the right shooting place, and get the camera rolling.